Film in Chile

Cannes Festival selects prize-winning Chilean film ‘Bonsái’

Filmmaker Cristián Jiménez’ movie one of the few Latin American works screened at this year’s prestigious Cannes Festival.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011  
Jiménez, 36, is part of a successful generation of contemporary Chilean filmmakers and novelists. Jiménez, 36, is part of a successful generation of contemporary Chilean filmmakers and novelists.

Chilean filmmaker Cristián Jiménez says his film “Bonsái”, based on the novel of the same name by Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra, talks about “love, books, and plants.” 

 

Jiménez’ film will be one of the few Latin American works at the Cannes Festival this year, where it will be among 19 films competing in the Un Certain Regard category, described by the festival as films “selected from cultures near and far; original and different works.”

 

“Bonsái” already won the “Film in Construction” prize at the French festival in Toulouse last March, and now it has been entered into the official selection at the world’s most prestigious film festival.

 

Jiménez’ first film, “Ilusiones Ópticas” (2009), was shown at various international festivals and screened at theaters in France and Chile. It won prizes at film festivals in Bratislava and Tokyo.
 
Jiménez, 36, is part of a successful generation of contemporary Chilean filmmakers and novelists, who have triumphed at international festivals like Sundance and been recognized with awards such as the Goya.

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